This is personal experience of meditation.
I started my Yoga practise in 2010 so I suppose this was the first encounter I had of meditation sitting.
I would arrive to class early sit before moving & then physically get into my body. To be honest when I first started practising Yoga was purely a physical sensation for me.
The effect was so profound mentally & physically I would return time & time again.
I met Vanessa Mazza in Bikram Old St in 2011 once I had returned from Bikram Teacher Training she invoked me to the Buddhist centre in Bethnal Green.
My first day I sat through a guided meditation. I was uncomfortable. I’ll try again next week.
I returned & the sitting was agony. My mind would race through events planning my meals, schedule anything to take my mind off being there. I still continued. I felt safe and I was eager to learn. This lasted around 2 months then I fell off the meditation wagon.
2012 I met Adam. He became so much much then a boyfriend. A mentor a health coach, my support system in every aspect on my life.
He started using Head space in 2014 I tried it out for a few weeks but once again fell off the meditation wagon.
In 2015 I came into a strange place of my life. The wanting to be married stage. Adam didn’t believe in marriage & made it vocal to me that he didn’t really believe in it. I shared with him it was important to me. I have been dreaming & planning my wedding since I was a little girl. Anyway I became obsessed each dinner, each holiday I thought it was the moment.
I became silly I knew I needed something more then yoga to ground me. I got back on the meditation wagon and joined Calm. I woke up got my iPhone & sat in the spare room. The app is great you can go through a variation of timed or open ended meditation guided or not. At the end of the meditation it logs your time & even leave you with a quote you can carry with you for the rest of the day.
Here are the applications I have tried & tested
10 free day trial
£9.99 per month Recurring month cancel anytime
£5.99 per month Annual subscription
£299.99 for life one payment
Free - I used Calm for free for around 2 years
I have only subscribed in April
I can honestly say Calm offers everything you will need & to trial for free for as long as you need before you want to commit.